Good evening All, as the weather looks to be looking up we have a couple of updates for you all:
We had a meeting this week at Pugney’s to discuss the 2019 season and this was very positive. Basically we can run the sessions the same as last year as Wakefield Council were happy with how we operated last year. Looking forwards it is hoped a watersports company will take over the management of the water but this will not begin until towards the end of 2019 with a view to begin in full in 2020. Wakefield Council will however put caveats on the new operators to ensure the active clubs – ourselves and the Windsurf club will still be able to operate on the water.
Wakefield Council will look to provide a new notice board for our club so we can advertise. We will also provide more flyers to be handed out at reception.
For all you non Facebook types Linton Whitewater Course is almost complete. This week saw water flowing and the first test run down the course.
The course is going to be paddleable even when in normal fish p[ass mode and then once flow is increased should be great fun. In the next few weeks rapid blocks will be added and tested to generate some nice waves and playspots. Meetings will take place and a management committee will be formed to determine how the facility is run and maintained, WYCC will be one of the clubs involved in the management so this will become a great asset to the club and the region.
The Linton White Water Course is now getting very close to completion. The main inlet gate is now in place and mechanical tests should begin this week with water tests expected around February.
As you can see from the photos below the site is quite large and will feature 3 large pools. Plastic rapidblocks are to be placed inside the 2 concrete structures between the pools to form weirs and hopefully some nice surf waves.
There are plans to have permanent posts and slalom gates for slalom practice and competitions. Also hopefully the course will be floodlit.
The plan to manage the site is for several local clubs to manage the scheme together. This will consist of each club running several releases per year on a similar basis to Washburn but with the added bonus of being able to adjust the flow.
The course should also allow for slalom competitions to take place throughout the year with on site camping and toilet facilities.
The facility will be a fantastic addition to our region and will provide almost guaranteed year round water for slalom and freestyle alike.
Below are some new photos from Linton Locks site last week. Progress is well underway by the new contractors with most of the concrete works in place.
Above is the plan layout and below you can now start to recognise the features from the plan.
Above shows the inlet channel from the river, you can make out the recesses where the hydraulic ramp will be installed in the next few weeks. The steel piles to the left will form the outside of the first pool.
Above shows the exit weir structures for the top 2 pools, steel channels are built into the concrete to allow for the fitting of plastic rapid blocks to allow the features to be altered from time to time. The scale of the structures can now be seen looking at the people and the large digger in the background.
Above shows the bridge to the hydro plant, this has all been excavated underneath now.
Above shows the end of the course, the yellow paint shows the area that will be excavated to form a beach to allow easy exit. This will also allow access to the lower pool for beginners.
Above is a photo looking from above the first pool.
Above is the lower fish pass.
I believe for our region this is going to be a great addition and will allow for paddling all year round and could also host events such as slaloms etc. As a regional club we have the possibility to become more involved in the management and running of Linton, more information will be available at our AGM in November.
I attended a meeting a couple of weeks ago regarding the progress at Linton Locks. Unfortunately there had been very little progress since the last time I visited the site several months ago.
The main reason appeared to be issues with the current contractors not really moving forward with the job. It was stated at the meeting that the old contractors were being removed from site and a new contractor starting immediately. The new contractor had stated that they would expect to have most of the work complete around the end of September and ready for testing however we felt this would be more like the end of October realistically before we saw any water down the course.
I called into site today to have a look at progress and it does appear there has been a lot more work completed in the last few weeks than the last few months previously. The main inlet channel is now formed as well as several large concrete structures in the base of the first pool, it is now possible to see how deep the pools will be.
The hydraulic gate is not on site but is being manufactured at the moment and should be on site shortly hopefully.
During the coming months the payment scheme will be decided upon but the idea is a fee pay car on site.
Main infeed channel from river.
More updates to follow in the next few weeks hopefully.